When to go
April to November
This adventure takes place in the private grounds of Bossington Estate in the South Downs National Park, near the ancient market town of Petersfield. This is the perfect activity for those seeking to develop their fly-fishing skills with trout, whilst enjoying the beautiful surroundings of a private lake. All kit is provided so all you need is a willingness to learn!
On the day you can expect to meet your guide at 9.30am at their home, right next to the estate. From there it's a short walk to the lake where you will setup for the day. Then it's straight into fishing.
You'll receive one-to-one tuition on casting techniques, tackle, leader set ups, fly selection and entomology of the local area. With a large number of trout in this aquifer-fed lake, you should be hooking a number of prized beauties before releasing them back in.
There is a fully equipped lakeside hut for making tea etc and lunch can be a picnic (ask the guide about catering) or a cosy pub in the nearby village. A half-day lasts 4 hours and a full day typically ends at 5.00pm, by which time you'll be a proficient expert!
All in all this is a fantastic option because it will give you the skills to join groups on more demanding fly-fishing beats in the future. It's also very easy to travel to and requires minimal kit, as all technical kit is provided, so you just have to turn up with a sense of adventure.
We recommend you book now as demand is high. Then the guide will be in contact to agree the date. Adventure sorted!
Based in Hampshire on the world famous chalkstreams, Gilly Bate has been fishing for over 25 years with 16 years of teaching, guiding and fishing world wide for trout and all manner of species. Her qualifications are with single handed rods from beginners to advanced and she is a member of GAIA, AAPGAI and level 2 coaching. Gilly has also demonstrated at Country Fairs, written for the Field Magazine, won casting competitions and given presentations at various Clubs including the renowned Fly Fishers Club in Mayfair.
Optional extras include booking additional days of instruction (ask the guide).
The season runs from April to November.
Please note you have to be 18 years or over to book this adventure (unless accompanied by a parent or guardian).
- Bespoke adventure for you or your group.
- Technical kit
- Snacks and soft drinks
- Meals/ drinks
How to get there
Train to South Harting
Take the train from London Victoria to Chichester and then change onto the 54 bus towards Petersfield getting off at South Harting.
Car to South Harting
The drive from London to South Harting takes around 1 hour 30 mins.
I have been booking chalk stream fishing through Gilly and using her guiding services for about 7 years now and everything she does is first-class!! She has a wide variety of beats across all the chalk streams that can be booked for you and she is very open, giving excellent advice in order to make sure your day is tailored to exactly what you are after in terms of type of water, fish, scenery and skill level.
Having Gilly as your guide is an absolute pleasure! She makes the day really fun and relaxed. You can learn so much from her given the depth of knowledge she brings be it fishing skills, casting techniques, fly life etc. She is a excellent fly caster and a brilliant teacher even someone who has been fishing and casting for years will benefit from a casting lesson with her. I can’t recommend Gilly enough if you are after chalk stream fishing, guiding services or if you want to learn or improve your casting, I would not use anyone else!
We have been lucky enough over the years to have Gilly teach and guide for us. As a teacher she has seemingly limitless knowledge of casts flies and tactics. This combined with endless good humour, enthusiasm and patience has seen us make great strides forward and Gilly’s patience has been particularly helpful when she has been guiding us as we still have the gift of ‘landing’ vegetation. The fact that Gilly is great company is icing on the cake.